George Orwell, D. H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Katherine Mansfield, Graham Greene, W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis. Reading
of whole works, together with identification and discussion of techniques, subject matters, themes, historical influences, and
E425 Twentieth Century American Writers (3)
An in-depth study of influential twentieth century American novelists, short story writers, poets, and playwrights. Students
will read whole works or a body of work by authors selected from among the following: Saul Bellow, Michael Bishop,
Raymond Carver, Countee Cullen, E. E. Cummings, John Dos Passos, Ralph Ellison, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, F. Scott
Fitzgerald, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Jack Kerouac, Maxine Hong Kingston,
David Mamet, Cormac McCarthy, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, Flannery O’Connor, Eugene O’Neill, Sylvia Plath,
Katherine Anne Porter, John Steinbeck, Amy Tan, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty, John Edward
Williams, and Thomas Wolfe. Includes contextual readings to help identify and engage with significant historical and cultural
trends and events. (English majors selecting E425 may waive E232 and select an additional elective.)
E435 Literary Criticism & Critical Theory (3)
An introduction to literary criticism and theoretical/conceptual systems from the Pre-Socratics and Plato to modern and
emerging postmodern thinking. Readings in primary texts, with emphasis on developing a biblical-critical theory for
approaching literature, philosophy, art, culture, and
This basic theoretical model will derive from the scriptural
record regarding human wisdom and knowledge.
E436 Contemporary Critical Theory (3)
An examination of the main trends in the development of critical and cultural theories since the New Criticism, focusing on
(French) post-structuralism, (German) hermeneutics, and (American) pragmatism, as well as (post-Marxism, Lacanian, and
post-Lacanian) psychoanalysis. This course also looks at some major outgrowths of these approaches, namely, contemporary
feminism, deconstruction, and (so-called) postmodernism.
E453 Psychoanalytic Criticism (3)
An in-depth investigation and critique of the theory and praxis of psychoanalysis as it is applied to the study of literature
and culture. Introduces students to the terminology and the concept of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis (and
biblically and critically examines their origin and development) and applications to the field of literary and cultural criticism
(as well as to aesthetics and gender theory). Recommended for advanced English majors seeking to pursue graduate
education (or others who seek graduate education in various disciplines within the humanities).
E489 Directed Studies in Literature (1-3)
Intensive study of a selected topic in literature under direction of a member of the English faculty.
Prerequisite: Open to English
majors only with permission of the department chairperson.
E491 Senior Thesis & Capstone Portfolio (3)
During the last two semesters before graduation, all English majors prepare an extensive research paper on a complex
literary topic, question, or issue. Students also compile an academic portfolio of four papers representative of their
scholarship and a tabular listing of all authors and titles studied in the English major at TMU. After the students’ nationally-
normed Area Concentration Achievement Test in Literature in English (ACAT) scores are available, they are included in
E499 Seminar in Literature (3)
Selected writer, group of writers, or area of study. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Current offerings include:
Feminist Criticism and Gender Theory, Gothic: The Art of Fear, Rhetoric of Technology, Existentialism, Great Books
Great Questions, Postmodernism, The Epic Tradition, and Women Writers.